Money well spent
Lest you think they were so embarrassed when their silly plans to send exploding cigars to Fidel Castro back on the 60s was exposed, think again:
Beginning in about 2005, the CIA began secretly developing a custom-made Osama bin Laden action figure, according to people familiar with the project. The faces of the figures were painted with a heat-dissolving material, designed to peel off and reveal a red-faced bin Laden who looked like a demon, with piercing green eyes and black facial markings.
I guess this is supposed to be a good idea because Muslims are a primitive people who would never be able to figure out that this is laughable bullshit.
The goal of the short-lived project was simple: spook children and their parents, causing them to turn away from the actual bin Laden.
The code-name for the bin Laden figures was “Devil Eyes,” and to create them the CIA turned to one of the best minds in the toy business, said those familiar with the project, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the project publicly.
They probably aren't embarrassed. But as an American, I am.